Shakespeare Theme Essay

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A.P. Literature
How does Shakespeare express theme through language?

Shakespeare, an extraordinary writer, uses many literary techniques which prove his mastery of English. His most fascinating technique however, is displaying theme through language. In his play “Hamlet”, Shakespeare uses language to address existential dilemma, truth, and death. These themes significantly shape “Hamlet” into the masterpiece it is. In his play, Shakespeare expresses existential dilemma through Hamlet. Hamlet’s life so far has gone roughly in a negative direction. His father, the King of Hamlet, has passed away; and disappointingly, Hamlet comes back to a crowd that is busy acknowledging the new king, Claudius, and is forgetting about the death of his father. Shakespeare uses language to express theme through Hamlet’s soliloquy, “To be, or not to be”. In his soliloquy, Hamlet asks himself whether he should kill himself, or keep going. Hamlet illustrates the strain that many people feel at one point or another, the world is just too much. Another theme that Shakespeare expresses in his play through language is truth. For a “madman” such as Hamlet, he is pretty intent on getting his facts straight. Hamlet wants to be sure Claudius is his father’s murderer before he takes any drastic action. After being enraged by his father’s speech, Hamlet tries to find out the truth. In Act 3, Scene 2, Hamlet stages a play called “Mousetrap”, which portrays the death scene his father described. During that scene, Hamlet intends to watch Claudius to see if he expresses guilt. Through language, Shakespeare shows truth. Hamlet goes to great measures of finding out what is true; expressing a view that believing if another is honest is a matter of great trust, or great naïveté. Lastly, Shakespeare expresses through language the theme of death. In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet encounters death through his father’s ghost, and in Polonius’s and Ophelia’s demises. These run ins prompt Hamlet to look at...
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